Location is what Independence is all about!
It's a natural hub for transportation. With three hours fly-time to each coast from nearby Kansas City International Airport. Its unique central location offers businesses and residents easy access to all major United States cities, as well as Canada and Mexico. For added convenience, the airport is served by both regional and national carriers.
Independence is at the crossroads of major transportation connections within the Kansas City metro area and the United States with easy access to I-70, I-35, I-470 and I-29. The daily traffic count on I-70/470 is over 100,000 vehicles daily.
Independence is centrally located in the heart of America. It is a hub for motor freight and is served by the country's top trucking carriers. Its geographic location translates into significant savings in time and energy costs. The city is at a crossroads of major highways with easy access to I-70; I-35; I-470 and I-29. The Kansas City metro area has more interstate highways per capita than any other city in the nation. There are over 7,400 miles of roadways and bridges in the Kansas City metro.
Motor Freight Lines Serving the Independence Area
Motor Carriers: 16
Local Terminals: 6
Beaufort Transfer - Kansas City, MO
Burnham Service Company - Independence, MO
Consolidated Freightways - Kansas City, MO
Roadway Express - Kansas City, MO
Swift Transportation - Independence, MO
Yellow Freight - Independence, MO
Metropolitan Kansas City is the country's second largest rail center and is served by most rail lines. Union Pacific and Amtrak serve Independence.
Public Transportation Network
Most Independence residents drive to work or to shop but public transportation is also available. The City of Independence provides service throughout Independence with stops at tourist attractions, shopping centers, colleges, senior residences, and hospitals. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority provides bus service from Independence to downtown Kansas City. There is also a commuter bus service to Johnson County, Kansas. Independence has three taxi cab companies.
Kansas City International (KCI), a commercial airport, within 25 miles of Independence. The airport covers over 10,000 acres. The "user friendly" terminal buildings are designed to handle 12 million passengers annually and has parking space, covered and uncovered, for 17,300 vehicles. The runways can accommodate up to 139 aircraft operations per hour. Eighteen carriers serve the KCI airport, providing 290 flights per day. Service is available to 290 cities.
Being in the Central time zone, air cargo, from KCI can reach a large concentration of thriving business markets. In 2000, air cargo services of freight and mail totaled over 118.7 million pounds ranking it the highest volume cargo airport in a six-state region. It's the largest on-airport Foreigh Trade zone site in the United States (UPS, Airbone, FedEx.)
Located within 12 miles of Independence is Lee's Summit Municipal Airport, a public general aviation airport.